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Editor's Notes
FIRST EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOURS AND DEPENDENCIES: LISBON, 23-25 SEP 2015. The Portuguese General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD) the journal Addiction, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) are providing a conference for European addiction science on illicit drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling and other addictive behaviours. It will address major topical issues including new psychoactive substances, alcohol pricing and alternative nicotine delivery systems. A call for abstracts will be published in the autumn.
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Press Release Archive

Some truth to the 'potent pot myth': High potency cannabis is linked with higher THC intake

18 March 2014

New research from The Netherlands shows that people who smoke high-potency cannabis end up getting higher doses of the active ingredient (THC). Although they reduce the amount they puff and inhale to compensate for the higher strength, they still take in more THC than smokers of lower potency cannabis.

Telephone Counseling to Help Parents Quit Smoking Is Successful

10 February 2014

A telephone counseling intervention in The Netherlands for parents who want to quit smoking has been shown effective. One year after the start of the intervention, one-third of parents were still smoke-free. This has been shown in a study conducted by Kathrin Schuck of the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen. The results wererecently published online by the scientific journal Addiction.

The SmokeFree Formula

30 January 2014

Addiction's Editor-in-Chief brings out a new book aimed at bringing the science of stopping to smokers

Plain packs and larger graphic health warnings cause smokers to put their packs away

17 January 2014

Smokers are less willing to display their packs in public and smoke in outdoor areas since plain packaging was introduced, new research has found.

Alcohol consumption is a necessary cause of nearly 80,000 deaths per year in the Americas

14 January 2014

A new study published in the scientific journal Addiction by the Pan American Health Organization, a branch of the World Health Organization, has measured the number and pattern of deaths caused by alcohol consumption in 16 North and Latin American countries. The study reveals that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a 'necessary' cause of death (i.e., death would not have occurred in the absence of alcohol consumption) in an average of 79,456 cases per year. Liver disease was the main culprit in most countries.

Want to stop smoking? See a specialist!

20 December 2013

Smokers in England who want to stop smoking are three times more likely to succeed if they see a trained advisor than if they try by themselves, according to a new study published online today in the medical journal Addiction. Worryingly, just buying nicotine patches, gum or other licensed nicotine products from a shop does not seem to improve the chances of quitting.

Facing Temptation in the Bar

18 December 2013

Self-control failure leads to increased consumption of alcohol in young males. Making them more aware of their drinking, however, seems to counteract this effect and appears to be a promising strategy in facing the temptation to drink. This was shown in two experiments conducted by Roy Otten, Roel Hermans and colleagues of the Behavioural Science Institute of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Cannabis use among teens is on the rise in some developing countries

22 November 2013

It's common to associate cannabis use with affluent youth in wealthy societies. But the relationship between societal and family affluence and cannabis use appears to be changing. A study published online today in the scientific journal Addiction reveals that cannabis use is declining in rich countries but stable or increasing in developing countries.

Parental Monitoring Lowers Odds of a Gambling Problem

14 November 2013

Keeping an eye on your child can lower their odds for gambling by young adulthood, according to research conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Adolescents who had poor parental supervision at age 11, and which continued to decline through age 14, were significantly more likely than their peers to be problem gamblers between ages 16-22.

Exposed: Alcohol Industry's Tobacco Tactics

11 October 2013

The alcohol industry is using measures straight out of big tobacco's playbook in order to delay the introduction of mandatory warning labels, according to the international scientific journal, Addiction.